Elliot Ross was born in Chicago. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree  and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1971. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in collections in the United States and abroad, including those of the Bibliothéque nationale de France, Paris; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Museé de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium. His conceptual, process oriented photography was included in the influential 1974 exhibition "Light and Substance," curated by Van Deren Coke. His project "Animal" was featured in fotoMAGAZIN (Germany) in 2008 as part of its "Meisterwerke der Fotografie" series, in Foto & Video (Russia) in 2012, as well as in other publications, and was a finalist for a New York Photo Award in 2009. His critically acclaimed books "Animal"  and "Other Animals" were released by Schilt Publishing in 2010 and 2014 respectively. A selection of work from his series "Animal Studies" has been published, with an introduction by Canadian writer Alexander MacLeod, in "Animalia," the Winter 2018 issue of the the leading British literary journal Granta.  His work is represented in New York by Alan Klotz Gallery, in Amsterdam by Schilt Publishing Gallery, and in Hudson, New York by Davis Orton Gallery.


San Francisco Art Institute, Master of Fine Arts; Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1971.


Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, New York.

Schilt Publishing Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, New York.


Other Animals, Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, 2014.

Animal, Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, 2010.

Yehudhith, Hawkhaven Press, San Francisco, 2004.

Spleen (after Baudelaire), San Francisco, 1984.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Elliot Ross: Animals, Schilt Publishing Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2015.

Other Animals, Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, New York, 2014.

Other Animals, United Photo Industries, DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York, 2012.

Animal, Nassauische Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany, 2012.

Animal, Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast, United Kingdom, 2011.

Animal, LUX Photo Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2010.

Animal, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, Massachusetts, 2010.

Yehudhith, The Arts at CIIS, San Francisco, California, USA, 2011.

Yehudhith, Stredoslovénska galeriá, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, 2007.
Yehudhith, Prague House of Photography, Prague, Czech Republic, 2005.
Yehudhith, Muzeum SNP, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, 2005.
Yehudhith, House of Photography, Poprad, Slovakia 2005.
Yehudhith, Jewish Museum San Francisco, California, USA, 2004.
Spleen (after Baudelaire), Side Street Projects, Santa Monica, California, USA, 199
Spleen (after Baudelaire),Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, USA 1994.
Spleen (after Baudelaire), Photography Gallery, Art Department, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, 1994.
Spleen (after Baudelaire), The Light Factory Center for Photographic Arts, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, 199

Spleen (after Baudelaire), Gallery, Department of Cinema and Photography, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, USA, 1993.
Spleen (after Baudelaire), WorkSpace Art Gallery, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA, 1992.

Spleen (after Baudelaire), Feldheym Library Galleries, San Bernardino, California, USA, 1991.

Selected Group Exhibitions

American Splendour: New Photography, Ilon Art Gallery, New York, New York, 2018.

PhotoCat, Schilt Publishing Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017.

From the Archive, ilon Art Gallery, New York, New York, 2016.

Difficult Art and the Liberal Arts Imagination, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, 2013.

Fear and Loathing, Art Photo Index Exhibitions, 2013.
Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, New York, 2010.

New Visionaries 2009, New York Photo Festival, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A., 2010.
The Museum of Unnatural History, ClampArt, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2010.
Staring, Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, U.S.A., 2009.
Photographers:Network 2009, studio Thomas Kellner, Siegen, Germany, 2009.
New Works/Old Story, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, California, USA, 2009.
Scents of Purpose, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, California, USA, 2005.

Artists' Books from Nashville Collections
, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, 2003.

Face to Face: Contemporary Portraits, University Art Gallery, California State University, Chico, California, USA, 2001.
Neural Notations, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, California, 2000, USA; Sesnon Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, USA, 2000; The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2001.
San Francisco Art Institute: Fifty Years of Photography, Trans-America Pyramid, San Francisco, California, USA, 2000.
Forcast: Shifts in Direction, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA, 1994.

The Post-Industrial Landscape, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA, 1994.

Visible Language, New Works Gallery, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Six Photographers, Hung Chong Gallery, Taipei, China, 1991.

The Concealed Camera, Eye Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA, 1988.

Cross Currents II: Recent Additions to the Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USA, 1986.

Extending the Perimeters of Twentieth Century Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USA, 1985.

Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, Ruth Braunstein Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA, 1981.

The Eyes Have It: Photographic Images, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA, 1976.

Photo/Synthesis, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, 1976.
Light and Substance, Art Museum, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, 1973; Claremont College, Pomona, California, USA, 1974; University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, USA, 1974; Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York, USA, 1974.
Works in Selected Collections
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California,
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, Texas, USA.
Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium.
Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA.
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California, USA.
Het Groote Museum, Natura Artis Magistra, Amsterdam,
University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, New
Mexico, USA.
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California, USA.
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California, USA.
Magnes Collection, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA.
Pomona College Museum of Art, Pomona, California, USA

Works in Selected Artists’ Books Collections
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York.
The Tate, London, England.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, Massachusetts.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois.
Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand.
Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York.
New York Public Library, New York, New York.
Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand.
Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis,
Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

University of California, Riverside, Riverside, California.

Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, Georgia.

Florida Atlantic University, Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Boca Raton, Florida.

Selected Publications
"Animal #152," PDN Photo of the Day, August 18, 2019.
"Animal and Other Animals," Photo-letter (Berlin), June, 2019.
""L    "IMAGE DU JOUR," l'Autre quotidien (France), 27/2/2018.

"ELLIOT ROSS AIME LES ANIMAUX," l'Autre quotidien (France), 27/2/2018.

"Elliot Ross' Animal Studies," l'Oeil de la Photographie (France), February 27, 2018.

"Animal Studies," Granta, Issue 142: Winter 2018 "Animalia" (UK). Introduction by Alexander MacLeod.

"Les photographes sont des catlovers commes des autres," Réponses Photo (France), Carine Dolek, January 29, 2018.

"Trending: Dogs, Cats ... and Other Pets to Start Off 2018," David Schonauer, Pro Photo Daily (USA), December 31, 2017.
"Top Photographers' Feline Friends, Lomography magazine (Austria), 2017-12-13.

"PhotoCat," Shutr.photo (Netherlands), December, 2017.

"Mundo gatuno: un libro rinde homenaje a los felinos a través de la mirada de fotógrafos como Martin Parr," Gemma Cuadrado Soler, TheCreativeMag (Barcelona), TheCreativeNet, November 29, 2017.

"PhotoCat," Alberto Sánchez Mena, Seiyu (Spain), November, 2017.
"Expo: Les grands photographes aussi sont fous de chats," Chloé Riondet, The Photo Academy Magazine (France), November 28, 2017.
"Leading Photographers' Snapshots of Nonchalant Cats," AnOther Magazine (UK), Belle Hutton, November 27, 2017.
"Een bundeling van kattenplaatjes," NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands), 17 November, 2017.
"A New Photo Book for People Who Love Cats," Ellyn Kail, Feature Shoot, November 13, 2017.
PhotoCat, Shilt Publishing, Amsterdam, 2017.
Granta, Issue 141: Autumn 2017 (UK). Animal (127) accompanies story "Lagomorph" by Alexander MacLoed, page 56.
 Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology, Ellen Ullman, MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, 2017. Photograph page 160.
"Elliot Ross, Animal Studies," Sacha Waldron, Point102 (UK), December 28, 2015.
"Gli Animali Ci Guardano," Paola Tavella, Amica (Italy), No. 6,
June, 2015.
"Preview: Alan Klotz Teases New Additions and Prepares for
AIPAD Show," BW Gallerist, March 10, 2015.
"Other Animals: An Interview with Elliot Ross," Sacha Waldron, Point102 (UK), February 9, 2015.

"Elliot Ross, Animals at Schilt Gallery," L'Oeil de la Photographie, January 22, 2015.

"Other Animals," Franziska Sauerwein, Guide to Unique Photography (GUP Magazine, Amsterdam), December 9, 2014.
 "PhotoBook Month: Elliot Ross — Other Animals," Harry Ross, Darwin Magazine, Vol. 6, November, 2014.
"Elliot Ross: Fotografije Zivotinja koje opasno podsjećaju na ljude," Gordan Duhacek, Tportal, 18.11.2014.
"Photobook: "Other Animals," Die Zeit , 14-11-2014.
"Elliot Ross: Animals," Margarete Morissey, Obvious Magazine, March, 2013.
"Elliot Ross: Animals," Le Journal de la Photographie, February 20, 2013.
"Non-human Feelings," Vladimir Neskoromny, Foto & Video (Moscow), No. 6, June, 2012.
"Elliot Ross Animal," LandscapeStories, Issue 05, Animals, September 2011.
"Pictures from the Belfast Photographic Festival," BBC News, bbc.co.uk, 3 August 2011.
"Elliot Ross at the Belfast Photo Festival," The Telegraph, the telegraph.com.uk, 26 July 2011.
“Neue Bücher,” Denis Brudna, Photonews, Nr. 6/11, Juni, 2011.
"Just One Look," William Kennedy, Sublime Magazine, Issue 27, June - July, 2011.
“Animal Instincts,” Chris Bergeron, MetroWest Daily News, February 14, 2010.
“A Look at Animals, Real and Unreal,” Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe, February 4, 2010.
“Artists reflect on the seder plate,” Laura Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, April 5, 2009.
“Tierportaits des US-Fotokünstlers Elliot Ross,” (Masterpiece of Photography Series #15), Manfred Zollner, fotoMAGAZIN, Nr. 7, Juli 2008.

“Auf der Suche nach den Stars von morgen,” Manfred Zollner,fotoMAGAZIN.de,June 23, 2008. 
“Houston FotoFest — Entdeckungen vom Meeting Place,” Anna Gripp, Photonews, Mai 2008.
“Výstava fotografií o holocauste,” Martin Krupa, VÚC BB Portál, June 25, 2007.
 “Prazsky dum fotografie: Elliot Ross – Yehudhith,” Peter Volf, Combinacion, September 4, 2005.
“Se smutkem ve tvári, s hrodosti v dusi,” Lubor Falteisek, Maskil, September/October 2005.
“Zenske telo a holocaust,” Edita Pacovska, fotografovani.cz, September 2, 2005.
“O zenství a o zidovství,” Libuše Mohelská, DIGIarena.cz, August 25, 2005.
“Schatten des Holocaust,” Bára Procházková, Radio Prague,radio.cz, August 22, 2005.
“Ross hleda v tvarich zen stigma holocaustu,” Magdalena Cechlovska, Kultura, August 18, 2005.
“Holocaust v teple ateliéru,” Matěj Stránský, Respekt.cz, August 14, 2005.
“Poselstvi zidovskych zen,” Josef Chuchma, iDNES.cz, August 12, 2005.
“Fotograf Elliot Ross a smutek zidovských zenaa,” Jiří Vanča, Pikant, August 3, 2005.
“Out of the Darkroom: Photos of Modern Jewish Women Spin Shoah into New Light,” Joe Eskenazi, J, April, 2005.
“Aj ja som sa mohol stoť jednou z obeti,” Andrea Kopernická, Sme, February 16, 2005.
 “They Are Haunting Photographs that Recall a Time the World Will Never Forget…” Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle, May 15, 2004.